My first wife, Cynthia, died less than a month after she retired. We were set to move to some acreage we'd bought and enjoy the time we had left together. But God had other plans. The result of her death was the publication of the book that came out of my journaling: The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse. And at a writers' conference (the first of many I attended) came a challenge to try my hand at fiction. As I've said before, after four years spent writing or rewriting four books that garnered forty rejections, I got my first contract. Now I've had ten novels of medical mystery published by traditional houses, plus self-publishing two (soon to be three) novellas.
After a decade, the publishers of The Tender Scar decided to print a second edition, which will be out soon. I didn't want to change a word from the first edition, but I have included an additional chapter, one on the blended family. As always, I hope the book continues to minister.
I still haven't come to terms with my switch in occupations, but I suppose that when pressed I'd give a qualified answer: I'm a retired physician, now writing. Some would say my story bears out the adage, "Man proposes, God disposes." I prefer to look at it this way: "God doesn't make bad things happen--but He can use even the worst of them for His purposes."
What about you? Have you experienced an unexpected turn in your life? How did that work out? I'd like to hear.
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